City Proposal Would Add 6,000 Cabs To Better Serve Outer Boroughs

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The head of the Taxi and Limousine Commission will be in Albany this week hoping to get approval for a new plan aimed at putting more taxis in the city to serve the outer boroughs.

TLC Commissioner David Yassky said the new plan would add 1,500 standard taxis and up to 6,000 cabs that would exclusively serve areas outside Midtown and Downtown, where it’s hard to get anything but a livery cab.

While livery cabs are not supposed to take street hails, they often do so and overcharge in the process.

“And even when it’s what you might think is a fair price, the experience of haggling and negotiating each time you get into a car — that’s not pleasant and people don’t like it,” Yassky told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon Speaks With TLC Commissioner David Yassky

It’s unclear if the new taxis would be yellow, but they would be equipped with roof lights and meters so that customers would know what they are getting and how much they can expect to pay.

In Albany, Yassky will also likely run into
representatives from the livery cab industry, who will try to ensure that they are not left out of the conversation.

“I think that we’re going to end up with the current livery cars that are actually functioning like taxis, picking up off the street. I think many of them will come in and get the new license,” he said.

Yassky said the reality is that yellow cabs don’t venture outside Manhattan and the new plan is a big step in trying to address the issue.

“If we’re going to get service in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, we have to have taxis that are designated for those areas,” he said.

SOUND-OFF: What Do You Think About The Idea?  Share Your Thoughts In The Comments Section…

  • Alex

    I received two summons this week with this scam, I’m an honest person and work my 14 hours a day to survive, people are tired of being rejected by the yellow cabs and prey me to please took them with despair to the airport, that it breaks my heart and I still penalized with heavy fines for pick up and make a common good,
    Do not let this Reptilian rob us the honest money, we must stay united in this humanity battle.

  • Alex

    I received two summons on the same week 07-18-11 and 07-21-11with this scam, I’m an honest person and I work my 14 hours a day to survive, now I keep thinking in my family how I will feed, I think the thieves started the same way, this is the way to break human integrity, soon I will be one more homeless in New York, this is the plan of illuminati’s (NWO).
    Don’t aloud this Reptilians lets go with this, we are human and we must stay together in this battle.

  • daisy guzman

    This proposal is not taking into consideration the impact it would make in the community as a whole. The present livery drivers work, live, and spend their earned income within the community. The only one that would benefit from the new metered cabs is TLC and the City of New York. The only people that can afford a new medalion are the extremely affluent and not a true representation of the NY Livery Cab driver.

  • Capt Lou

    There should be one stipulation from the TL&C, all must be Hybrids.

    • Allan Fromberg

      Unfortunately, federal law doesn’t allow the TLC to mandate hybrids. It was tried and challenged, and the courts ultimately ruled against it.

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